BOOK | Peace, Love, Action!

Peace, Love, Action!

August 28, 1963. The evening news showed Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his now famous I Have a Dream speech. As an almost eight-year-old, I listened, sensing the underlying truth of what he was saying. The next day’s newspaper carried the full text and I read it out loud to my mother, asking for clarification […]


Is observation important with online learning?

Is observation still important?

Since opening my observation webinar this week, I have received several questions on how is it possible to observe children in this online learning environment. One question: Is observation still relevant in these times of online / distance learning? Observation of children is more important than ever because we are in unknown territory.  We don’t […]


FREE WEBINAR | Teaching Civility

Teaching Civility

What are children learning from this mean-spirited time? What has happened to common courtesy? How can we magnify kindness and respect in both children and adults? Teaching civility is a topic that has been on my mind for several years now. In this 25-minute instant free webinar, Teaching Civility, you’ll learn how you can create […]


Healthy Tips

don't snooze you lose

Back in 2013 I wrote a series of articles about low-cost or no-cost health tips. I thought it was time to dust them off and send them out again. The information I shared then is as pertinent as ever. Enjoy the Kids Talk Health Series. Simply click on the title or picture to go to […]


FREE INSTANT WEBINAR: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors

Dealing with difficult behaviors

Are you dealing with these aspects of difficult behaviors with children? Parent’s denial about the behavior Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors Too much time spent supervising a child Handling the stress and frustration of dealing with those children Disruption of the entire class Inappropriate interactions, such as hitting, […]


FREE WEBINAR: Planning For Summer Fun!

Planning For Summer Fun

Are you concerned about having enough activities to full up the entire summer? At home and at school? In this “instant” webinar, Planning For Summer Fun… Parent or teacher you’ll learn: How to  co-create with children a summer full of fun on-target activities. How to prepare the indoors and outdoors. Tips for road trip activities. […]


Why Children Struggle With Academics

Why children struggle with academics

When we see children struggle with basic academics–reading, writing and arithmetic– there can be many underlying situations, but issues usually cluster around these three areas: Illiteracy Innumeracy  Lack of social-emotional skills Illiteracy What I mean by illiteracy is the inability to read and write fluently.  Children feeling defeated by the lessons put in front of […]


Want Some Additional Parenting Tools?

create a relationship toolbox

With so many of us at home 24/7 with our children right now, it’s not surprising to have moments (days?) where we wish we had a little more experience in dealing with the day-to-day issues of working with our children. If you feel that a few more tools to add to your parenting toolbelt might […]


Why You Should Pay Your Child’s School Tuition

(even if your school is closed) Over the past couple of weeks with school closures due to the COVID-19 emergency, school leaders and parents have voiced concerns to me about school tuition.  “Several families have requested tuition refunds since we are closed and not offering our contracted services,” said one head of school. “Why should […]


Learning Games For Your Preschooler

Learning Games for your Preschooler

Are you running out of ways to keep your preschooler engaged? Here are five of my favorite games from the classroom that are easy to start right away. I Spy Game This is a simple game to help children with reading readiness in terms of phonemic awareness, or being able to hear the individual sounds […]